Portable Storage

by Jane VanOsdol on April 6, 2011

If space is at a premium in your home, you may want to consider some temporary or permanent fixes to freeing up more square footage in your home: portable storage.

Portable storage is a solution whose time has come—for many reasons. Freeing up more space in your home can be beneficial in several circumstances. First let’s look at what portable storage is, and then we’ll consider a few situations where it can be a lifesaver.

Portable storage is simply when a company delivers ground-level (meaning you don’t have to lift items up over your head to load them in) storage containers or storage trailers to your home. They can stay on your property for as long as you need them there to be loaded. When they are filled, you can either have them conveniently stored on your property, or the company can pick them up and store them on their own property. Depending upon what it is that you are storing, some companies offer climate-controlled storage space in a warehouse to protect certain types of sensitive items. Either way, you pay a rental fee for the storage.

Homeowners are discovering several situations where it’s beneficial to use mobile storage.

  • Selling your home. If you are in the process of selling your home, one of the best things you can do to hurry along the sale is to eliminate clutter from your home. Real estate agents can’t overemphasize the importance of presenting a clean, organized home that allows the potential buyers to picture themselves in the house. If your home is filled up with too much furniture, pictures and accessories, one way to take care of this is to have the excess stored temporarily. You could then hire a stager to help you arrange the rooms so that they show to their best advantage.
  • Remodeling. If you’re considering remodeling your home or in the process of it, you understand how the mess just spreads to every room of the house. Rather than living in the chaos for the duration of the home improvement project, why not store your displaced items until you’re ready for them again? It will help you retain some sense of normalcy—and your sanity—around your home.
  • Boomerang kids. If you’re kids have left the nest but for whatever reason find themselves moving back into the family home, you may not have room for all their belongings and yours. Temporarily putting some items in storage can help save a few frayed nerves and frustrations.
  • Elderly parents. If your parents are moving in with you, storing excess furniture and items can keep clutter out of the way and give you the time you need to decide what to do with the items on a permanent basis.

Mobile storage can be the perfect solution when you find that your home is bursting at the seams with too much stuff. Once your space crisis has resolved, it’s easy to have your possessions delivered right back to your doorstep!

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